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In 2012, TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation released the Surrey Rapid Transit Study analysis, which looked at 14 alternatives for building rapid transit South-of-the-Fraser. The best of these alternatives was "RRT1A", which combined a SkyTrain extension to Langley with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to White Rock, Newton and Guildford. RRT1A served all of the considered corridors, met all capacity requirements, and had the most transportation benefits of any alternative.
Instead, Surrey has decided to pursue a street-level Light Rail (LRT) system - even though it was not considered the best alternative. The study actually found that building an LRT would result in a net loss to society, rather than a net benefit. The LRT alternative did not have a positive benefit-cost ratio, and would not cost less to build than the RRT 1A alternative - instead costing more to operate in the long term.
A street-level LRT is not the system that will serve Surrey best in the future. With its total costs now topping $2.6 billion, it will be the most expensive mistake in our region's history.
SkyTrain for Surrey's campaign vision is to see an Expo Line: Langley Extension on Fraser Highway and a Bus Rapid Transit system on King George Blvd & 104 Ave, instead of a street-level LRT. Passengers boarding an extended Expo Line at Langley Centre Station would reach Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver in less than 60 minutes.
What would SkyTrain to Langley look like?
A SkyTrain extension to Langley would extend 16 km from the current Expo Line terminus at King George Station, adding seven additional stations serving Surrey, and two additional stations serving Langley. The line would be elevated for much of its route along Fraser Highway.
What about King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue?
SkyTrain for Surrey proposes a Bus Rapid Transit or BRT system for the King George Blvd & 104 Ave corridors. BRT is increasingly used in cities in Canada and around the world, and can offer the comforts and features of a street-level Light Rail system for a fraction of the price.
BRT buses can run in their own traffic lane, just like Light Rail, and passengers can board from all doors. BRT can use high-capacity vehicles, such as bi-articulated buses, to increase capacity over regular bus service. Buses can be electrified by trolley-wire or battery, having zero-emissions like electric LRT trains. In addition, BRT buses can get around accidents and track blockages that would paralyze an LRT.
A BRT system could extend further than Guildford and Newton exchanges. Extensions of the BRT lines could connect Surrey to Coquitlam Central in the north and White Rock in the south. Additional routes could connect to Highway 1 rapid buses extending to Carvolth Exchange and the Fraser Valley. Learn More »
SkyTrain for Surrey is the leading movement calling for an extension of SkyTrain and not street-level light rail to Langley. Our online petition is hosted on the change.org petition platform. The page will open in a new tab.
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We encourage you to bring forward your concerns by getting in touch with your local City Councillor: it's as simple as sending an e-mail with your message. Refer to the list below: